By John Marzulli
Source: NY Daily News
A rapper who boasted on Twitter about beating a murder rap is a violent drug kingpin who flooded Brooklyn’s Gowanus Houses with crack and heroin, the feds said Wednesday. Ronald (Ra Diggs) Herron, charged with eight others in a federal indictment, provided prosecutors with a wealth of incriminating evidence in his YouTube videos and in his Twitter musings.
He tweeted that he has “5000 n—– with them lorcins (handguns) ready to turn the pigs kids into orphins,” federal court papers reveal. The videos depict the ex-con wearing body armor and brazenly firing guns at a target range. In them, he boasts he ordered a shooting from his hospital bed and “beat a body” – a reference to his 2002 murder after two witnesses refused to testify against him after they were threatened.
Herron warned agains people “snitching” and referenced a murder in the Gowanus Houses housing project, where the victim reportedly helped authorities, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shreve Ariail and Carter Burwell said. Herron, 28, was arrested by NYPD detectives early Tuesday outside Club Amnesia in Chelsea.
A loaded 9mm. handgun was found in the glove box of the Dodge Charger that Herron was riding in, authorities said. His drug crew had been linked to four killings but none are charged in the three-count indictment. Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said the crew “victimized an entire housing development.”
Undercover detectives made over 65 drug buys from members of Herron’s crew at the Gowanus Houses since 2008, many of which were recorded on video that could put the dealers in prison for at least 10 years. Herron could face up to life in prison if convicted.
“Getting violent drug dealers and dangerous weapons off our streets is a recipe for safer neighborhoods,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.